It’s a Girl Thing

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Hi there.  Several people left comments that they didn’t know why I would put drops of ink on a palette.  I’m hoping those readers are peeking in today so that I can explain a little bit.  The palette that I made yesterday is designed to hold the waterbased ink used to re-ink a Ranger Distress ink pad.  In addition to using the ink pads, I like to use the ink itself to watercolor with.  Although the distress inks are waterbased they seem to have more body that other waterbased dye inks, they are rich and they stay wet for quite some time on a palette.  The palette is simply a convenience when using the inks to watercolor an image and makes it very easy to mix colors.  Each of the 36 drops of ink I put into the palette were different colors – in their concentrated form they just seemed to be a dark drop.  Hope this helps!!  In fact, the card that I’m showing today features Bridesmaid Tilda wearing Wreath,  She is watercolored with Distress Inks.   The Tilda stamp comes from Magnolia-licious.

I’ve used several Spellbinders borders and they’re slightly hidden so I’ll explain.  At the top, I used the Easter Borderabilities turned upside down.  Around the gingham I used  one of the Lotus Borderabilities so that just the very edge is visible – I think it makes a fabulous edging.  Then for the flower strip I used the other  Lotus Borderabilties and one of the flowers from Flower Bouquet on top of each motif and turned the flower on point so that it showed the cool holes in the border.  For my Tilda image I cut a Petite Ovals LG and matted it with Big Scalloped Ovals LG.  The banner is cut by hand and the sentiment is a rub-on.  Hope this all makes sense – this was a ton of fun to play with the borders to come up with something different :-)

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Magnolia courtesy of Magnolia-licious – Bridesmaid Tilda wearing Wreath
Paper:  DCWV – Gingham, Strathmore 140lb Watercolor Paper
Ink:  Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossing powder, Distress Inks for watercoloring
Accessories:  Spellbinders™ Big Scalloped Ovals LG, Spellbinders™ Petite Ovals LG, Spellbinders™ Spellbinders™ Easter Borderabilities® Petite, Spellbinder™ Lotus Borderabilities® Petite, Spellbinders™ Flower Bouquet, grosgrain ribbon, buttons, Lasting Impression rub-ons


Thanks for stopping by!!


  • RebekkaMay 30, 2010 - 7:30 am

    This is just precious.. So “pretty in pink”. Wonderful water coloring.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannMay 30, 2010 - 7:39 am

    Oh my goodness, she┬┤s soooooooo gorgeous. I have always loved Tilda, but you have sure made her more girly than ever ha ha ha. Your card is soooo awesome, and I just LOVE it. I would really love to be able to make anything like this WOUW. Sooooooo wonderful all ofit. Just perfect.
    big hugs MaryannReplyCancel

  • Anna/OmaMay 30, 2010 - 7:40 am

    Another gorgeous card!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly CameronMay 30, 2010 - 7:43 am

    She is just amazing! I love the sift pinks! You go Girl! ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Maggi RMay 30, 2010 - 7:56 am

    Always love your cards and mostly the recipe. Would it be possible for you to include the dimensions as well?ReplyCancel

  • SusanMay 30, 2010 - 8:03 am


    This card is super, I just love the pink gingham it takes me back to my childhood days,

    thanks for sharing and stay well


  • Kelly MassmanMay 30, 2010 - 8:04 am

    What a darling card!ReplyCancel

  • Betty HMay 30, 2010 - 8:10 am

    Love the card. As of right now I don’t have any magnolia-icious stamps but I’m sure that will change. I understood perfectly what you were doing with your ink. Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Donna RinckelMay 30, 2010 - 8:12 am

    I love it! I wish I had more Spellbinders to play with. You are so creative in designing your cards! Thanks for sharing how you did this one. Have a lovely Sunday.ReplyCancel

  • MichelleMay 30, 2010 - 8:12 am

    I love how you use so many spellbinder items. It really makes me want to get some of the edgers.. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • RufusMay 30, 2010 - 8:49 am

    She’s pretty in pink! I understood exactly what you were up to with your distress ink palette.

  • MarcieMay 30, 2010 - 9:01 am

    So so sweet and feminine. Just love it. I also understood what you were doing with the ink palette. But if you ever figure out a good way to store the bottles themselves so that they are easily accessable, please let us know. Thanks.

  • RubyMay 30, 2010 - 9:01 am

    Wow, she is so pretty! Never thought of coloring with re-inkers…tks for the idea. I was wondering about the ‘blue’ haze around the stamped image, did you use the Copic airbrush system?ReplyCancel

  • Cindy HaffnerMay 30, 2010 - 9:04 am

    BEAUTIFUL Becca!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa SturgillMay 30, 2010 - 9:07 am

    I just love the magnolia stamps with the nestabilities, bordabilities, and correct me if I’m using the incorrect names for the dies, but there are so many out there! I really want to get some of them to use for behind my stamped images. I have a cricut, but I love the embossing you can do.

    I have a friend who has a ton of magnolia stamps, so I hope to be able to try them out soon. We both have back (me) and knee problems, so getting together has been a bit tough. But I can’t wait for the day we can get to some crafting!!! We both have low tolerance for sitting and standing, so I guess we will be two loopy ladies doing our crafty thang! LOL!

    God Bless, and Hugs,

    Lisa : )

    PS: I do want to apologize for not being around as much but I have been lurking on your blog, just not posting comments. So for that I’m sorry, because your work is gorgeous! My Daughter graduated this past week and the last few months have been busy with all sorts of fun stuff, plus getting everything ready for her entrance into college this fall. PHEW! Anyways, please continue posting all of your beautiful cards!!!ReplyCancel

  • ShawnaMay 30, 2010 - 9:09 am

    Gorgeous Becca!ReplyCancel

  • EarlineMay 30, 2010 - 9:16 am

    How precious this card isReplyCancel

  • Kathy BohannonMay 30, 2010 - 9:18 am

    Becca, your designs just make me feel good!! I love to see you latest posts….God has truly blessed you and you are blessing us.ReplyCancel

  • marvelMay 30, 2010 - 9:45 am

    You’re costing me a WHOLE LOT OF MONEY, girl!! Every time I see one of your cards, I want to buy everything you used!! I have yet to get some Magnolia stamps, but they are definitely on my “must have” list, some time!! Maybe I’ll just go ahead and order one or two today even!! HA! Thanx for sharing your talent, and God has surely blessed you with a lot!!ReplyCancel

  • CherylMay 30, 2010 - 9:50 am

    Love the card Becca. Thank you for all the tips on Spellbinders. It is handy to link to the site and see which ones you used. I am new to cards and Spellbinders. They make all your cards burst into detail!! Details Details. I love the matting details! Hugs CherylReplyCancel

  • ScrapycandyMay 30, 2010 - 9:54 am

    You are having waaayyyyy too much fun! Stop it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Maxine NaumannMay 30, 2010 - 10:04 am

    I was also wondering about the reinkers in the pallett. Also wondering if they dry out. I am also spellbound with

  • CherieMay 30, 2010 - 10:19 am

    Your card is stunning! Thanks for the explanation of the reinkers in the pallett. I too, wondered about it! As always, thanks for sharing your wonderful artistic projects with us! Happy Memorial Day!ReplyCancel

  • lorraineMay 30, 2010 - 11:00 am

    Because of you I am hooked on Magnolia :) and my love for spellbinders and their versatility, and your fantastic knowledge….helps me make some great cards. ThanksReplyCancel

  • AndreaAMay 30, 2010 - 11:07 am

    Absolutely Beautiful Becca.
    I love pink and white together, and the gingham check just adds so much to it.
    I have a lot of nesties but not the borderbilities, but think I need some.ReplyCancel

  • marypatMay 30, 2010 - 11:14 am

    Another Beautiful card! I love all the layering, and thank you for being so clear on how you use them ! ThanksReplyCancel

  • BeckyMay 30, 2010 - 11:19 am

    Love it Becca. Wish I could think of such cute stuff. Thanks for all your hard work.ReplyCancel

  • KarenMay 30, 2010 - 11:21 am

    Gorgeous card, as usual. I like the way you used the narrow grograin ribbon. Did you cut a slit in the oval around the girl?ReplyCancel

  • ColoradoMay 30, 2010 - 11:28 am

    Yep, I’m here!!! I”m ALWAYS here!!! LOL!!! OK, now I understand what the reinker palette is for… actually painting from it! I’ve read about using reinkers to paint with, but have to admit that I’ve never done it yet. That’s my problem… I buy all the supplies but then never follow through and try all the techniques!! I really need to get down to the business of crafting rather than reading about it and shopping for supplies!! LOL!! Thank you Becca for explaining yesterday’s post. I’d never be able to use that container until I used the watercolors!! LOL!! You know… waste not, want not!! And I still have a set of watercolors I bought last year and have not opened yet… so it would probably never happen.

    By the way, as always… a very lovely card today. Thanks so much for more creative ideas on using various Spellbinders “parts”. Even though they are not really my style, I think some of the Magnolia stamps are really cute… just don’t get the no nose and no mouth thing! Oh and even though I don’t see them on this one, (maybe you masked them?) I also don’t care for the angel/fairy (?) wings I see on others.ReplyCancel

  • chrisdMay 30, 2010 - 11:31 am

    She is so lovely! Your special detailing which you include always make them even more so beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie MillerMay 30, 2010 - 11:34 am

    Very pretty, Becca! Everything about this card is so delicate and feminine. Love the pretty bows and your flowers with buttons. Beautiful watercoloring!ReplyCancel

  • Glenda BrooksMay 30, 2010 - 12:15 pm

    Here I am in my late life, and I have become a “Pink” girl! I never thought it would come to this! I love your card. Your attention to detail is right on! Good Job!!ReplyCancel

  • KarenMay 30, 2010 - 12:48 pm

    She is beautiful Now I have to run out and buy reinkers. I would never have thought to use them to “paint” with. I really appreciate all you share with us, I have learned so much from you, my organization and cards both reflect a whole lot of “Becca” Off to Michael’s tomorrowReplyCancel

  • michelleMay 30, 2010 - 1:05 pm

    becca this card is absolutely beautiful and so sweet

  • CindyMay 30, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    Beautiful, as usual, Becca. I love the way you always go outside the box (compared to me) when using your punches and spellbinders, etc. I have to echo Marvel – you are such an enabler – I want to buy everything I see. Today’s must have is the raindrop punches, had them planned for today with my 40% at Michael’s and of course MS is 25% off so I can’t! Bummed. But I’ll get them for sure. Have a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • BonnieMay 30, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    It’s beautiful Becca, I love the way you used the phrase!!ReplyCancel

  • AnneMay 30, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    It’s gorgeous Becca – so dainty and feminine.
    Hugs, Anne.ReplyCancel

  • Susan GMay 30, 2010 - 2:43 pm

    Oh, what a girlie looking card! I hope a very special little one gets this card. All those borders really makes it pop.ReplyCancel

  • Diane LMay 30, 2010 - 3:18 pm

    Aboslutely gorgeous Becca!!!ReplyCancel

  • Judith CobbMay 30, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    TFS! I love how you take the ribbon around behind the outfit. Cute way to draw attention to her outfit and your great coloring techniques.ReplyCancel

  • Diana CrickMay 30, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous card Becca. Love all the pink ribbon and darling how you brought it across her sweet Tilda to see it. Your card is indeed a “girl” thing.
    I just created a palette like all I need is time to colour!
    hugs, DianaReplyCancel

  • Mindy BaxterMay 30, 2010 - 3:54 pm

    This is gorgeous Becca! I love the pinks! Your cards are always so elegant, I LOVE the way you do your bows! Beautiful card, Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Michel EMay 30, 2010 - 3:59 pm

    Beautiful card.ReplyCancel

  • SandraMay 30, 2010 - 4:39 pm

    so, so, so, sooooo sweet!

  • JoycekkMay 30, 2010 - 5:08 pm

    This is so clever! I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy McAlisterMay 30, 2010 - 5:18 pm

    So beautiful Becca, soft and pretty. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • DebraKMay 30, 2010 - 5:32 pm

    I love this card and all your Spellbinder embossing. Your camera takes awesome pics! They are always so crisp and clear–just like your cards!ReplyCancel

  • Maxine NaumannMay 30, 2010 - 7:07 pm

    BEAUTIFUL JOB!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • lois skiathitisMay 30, 2010 - 7:17 pm

    I like coloring with distress inks too. Your card is a good example of the rich color saturation using distress inks. Tilda looks so cute holding those flowers. I love the composition of your card and no matter what we girls always look good in pink. As always Becca, TFS!!! :-DReplyCancel

  • Sylvia JohnsonMay 30, 2010 - 7:37 pm

    I really like this card. Your coloring is great. As always your creations are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine KraftMay 31, 2010 - 1:52 am

    I just love everything about this card. The colors, the borders, the watercolor………what a treat it would be to receive your card. You are so talented. God has blessed you so much with His creativity. Keep creating, your work is a joy to behold!!



  • Teresa CMay 31, 2010 - 6:51 am

    This card is beautiful. Love the soft pinks!ReplyCancel

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  • JudyMay 31, 2010 - 2:08 pm

    Oh how cute. Love this card.ReplyCancel

  • BonnieMay 31, 2010 - 8:19 pm

    I love Pink!!!!, I wanted to ask you , where do you get all your beautiful ribbons?.ReplyCancel

  • Deebi27DMay 31, 2010 - 11:45 pm

    OMG you are so talented. Tilda is beautiful and the colors are so vivid! Great work Becca!

    PS Thanks for the added info on your new palette!ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterJune 3, 2010 - 10:41 am

    very sweet, just love how you did that flower border and the wave in your banner!ReplyCancel